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This week in the 3HL

October 19, 2012

Another busy weekend greets 3HL teams as this weekend presents some exciting match-ups.  Here is a look, team by team, at what is currently happening in the 3HL:

Alexandria Blizzard: The Blizzard had the tough task of facing the undefeated Granite City Lumberjacks for their home opener this past Saturday.  The Blizzard fell 5-2.  Almost 700 fans attended the Blizzard’s debut in the 3HL.  This weekend, Alexandria hosts Breezy Point for a pair of games.

Battle Creek Revolution: The Revs dropped their lone game last week to the Flint Jr. Generals, 8-2.  Derek Dodge and Cory Markovich scored in the loss.  The Revs schedule doesn’t get any easier this weekend as they continue to look for their first win with a pair of games in Cleveland.

Breezy Point North Stars:  The North Stars continue to look for their first win of the season after dropping their lone game last weekend to the North Iowa Bulls, 14-3.  Spencer Bajko, Austin Williams and Kyle Pacheco scored in the loss.  The North Stars travel to Alexandria this weekend for a pair of games against the Blizzard.

Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks: Cleveland split a pair of road games with the Toledo Cherokee this weekend.  On Saturday, it was a 5-1 win, while on Sunday the Jacks fell, 7-5.  Andrew Mitch, Toms Taurins and Andrew Sprouse led the offensive attack.  Cleveland will host Battle Creek for a pair of games this weekend.

Flint Jr. Generals: Flint beat Battle Creek 8-2 in their lone game last weekend.  Conner McGovern, Ed Osowski and Eric Jones all had three-point games.  The Jr. Generals remain in a tie for 2nd place in the East Division with Toledo, both three points behind 1st place Cleveland.  This weekend, Flint travels to Peoria for a pair of games against the Mustangs.

Granite City Lumberjacks:  The Lumberjacks remained the 3HL’s lone undefeated team with a 5-2 win over Alexandria this past weekend.  Nick Turbitt had two goals in the win, which moved the Jacks record to 8-0-0.  This weekend, the Jacks continue their road swing with a game Saturday at Twin City and a game Sunday at Minnesota.

Metro Jets:  The Jets snapped a six-game losing streak with a weekend home sweep of the Quad City Jr. Flames.  Jeff Monfils was named the 3HL’s #2 star of the week for his offensive efforts.  The schedule slows down for the Jets as they have this upcoming weekend off, followed by one game the weekend after on Oct. 26th against Flint.

Michigan Mountain Cats: The Mountain Cats were swept this past weekend on road in Pittsburgh against Three Rivers.  Forward Guy Soulliere had two of Michigan’s three goals over the weekend.  Despite the losses, the Cats remain at .500 for the season.  This weekend, they face Toledo in a home-and-home series.

Minnesota Flying Aces:  The Flying Aces split a pair of weekend home games against the Peoria Mustangs last weekend.  In their 5-3 win on Saturday, Chase Myers-Beck and Blake Williams each had two points in the win.  This weekend, Minnesota faces the red-hot North Iowa Bulls in home-and-home series.

North Iowa Bulls: The Bulls poured in 14 goals this past Saturday in a 14-3 win over Breezy Point in their lone game last weekend.  Jared Ramstead earned the 3HL’s #3 star thanks to his five-point performance, which tied a 3HL season-high.  The Bulls also beat Iowa State on Friday night, 5-2.  North Iowa hosts Minnesota on Saturday in their lone game of the weekend.

Peoria Mustangs: The Mustangs split a pair of road games at Minnesota.  The Mustangs fell 5-3 on Saturday, but rebounded for a 4-1 win on Sunday.  Michael Parda made 38 saves in the Sunday win.  This weekend, the Mustangs host Flint for a pair of important cross-divisional games.

Quad City Jr. Flames: The Jr. Flames dropped a pair of games on the road to the Metro Jets.  In Saturday’s 4-2 loss, Easton Halbert scored both goals.  Harley Manus and Peter Coppola scored in Sunday’s 3-2 loss.  This weekend, Quad City returns home to host two games against the division-leading St. Louis Jr. Blues.

Queen City Steam: The Steam enjoyed their first weekend of the season off since the first week in September.  The 20-day layoff continues as the Steam doesn’t play this weekend, before returning to action next weekend against Quad City.  Damien Lona leads the team with 13 points.

St. Louis Jr. Blues: The Jr. Blues traveled to Twin City to face the Steel and came away with two wins.  Mike Lozano had two goals and two assists in Saturday’s 10-3 win.  Sunday, Mikael Broliden made 28 saves in a 4-1 win over the Steel.  This weekend, the Jr. Blues pay a visit to Quad City for two games against the Jr. Flames.

Three Rivers Vengeance: The Vengeance posted a big weekend home sweep over the Michigan Mountain Cats this past weekend.  Forward Nico Vecchio had a six-point weekend and in the process was named the 3HL’s #1 star of the week.  The Vengeance have this weekend off, before returning to action next weekend against Battle Creek.

Toledo Cherokee: The Cherokee stayed in a 2nd place tie in the East Division with a weekend home split with 1st place Cleveland.  After a 5-1 loss on Saturday, the Cherokee erupted for seven goals in a 7-5 win on Sunday.  Tyler Zalecki had a goal and three assists in the win for Toledo.  This weekend, the Cherokee have a home-and-home series against the Michigan Mountain Cats.

Twin City Steel: The Steel were swept by the 1st place St. Louis Jr. Blues last weekend.  Ryan McAloon scored twice and added an assist in Saturday’s 10-3 loss.  On Sunday, goalie Jared Schletty made 48 saves in a 4-1 loss.  This weekend the Steel continue their 10-game homestand with a game on Saturday against 1st place Granite City and Sunday against Breezy Point.

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